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Apr 20, 2021

Lime Cake with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

This lime cake is infused with lime zest and lime juice. It's then topped with a tasty lime cream cheese frosting.

Lime cake slices



This lime cake is so easy to make too. You can make this cake in the afternoon to serve at dinner that night. It's delicious for dessert or for a mid-afternoon snack. The frosting is both sweet and tart, and is super creamy. 

This recipe makes an eight-inch square cake and yields 9 small slices... and it's so little work to make! It's a great cake for sharing at work or with your neighbors. 

LIme cake with frosting

You definitely should make this cake whenever you have a cake craving and don't want to spend half a day making one. Just plop the frosting on top and spread it around without worrying about a crumb coat or frosting the sides of the cake. 

Plus, you won't have any leftover stale cake! 

Lime cake recipe variations:

You can substitute any citrus you like for the lime. I'm looking forward to trying this with lemon, orange, and even grapefruit. 

You can adjust the amount of powdered sugar in the frosting. I used two cups, and the frosting was super creamy. If you'd like a firmer frosting, just add more sugar, by the tablespoon, until you get the consistency you are looking for. 

More recipe tips:

To make the cake easy to remove from the pan, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper that is long enough to come up and over the sides of the pan. This makes lifting the cake out of the pan super easy. 

You can use either a hand mixer or a stand mixer to mix the batter and frosting. I used a stand mixer, which was especially convenient because of the requirement to mix the butter and sugar for five minutes. 

I was able to set a timer and not have to hold a hand mixer for that length of time. 

Lime cake unfrosted

Welcome to this month's Cake Slice Slice Bakers. 

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Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th we all post about our cake. 

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

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Our book this year is Little Everyday Cakes - and our choices for April 2021 were ~ 

Mexican Chocolate Cake

Tiny Tres Leches Cake

Lime Cake

LIme cake with lime cream cheese frosting

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    Lime Cake Recipe

    Lime Cake Recipe
    Yield: 9 servings
    Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
    This lime cake is infused with lime zest and lime juice. It's then topped with a tasty lime cream cheese frosting.


    For the Cake
    • 150 grams (1 1/2 cups) all purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 56 grams (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
    • 198 grams (1 cup) granulated sugar
    • 1 large egg, room temperature
    • 1 egg yolk from a large egg, room temperature
    • 140 grams (10 tablespoons) whole milk, room temperature
    • Zest from one lime
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    For the Lime Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 113 grams (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 227 grams (2 cups) confectioner's sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • Zest of one lime


    For the Cake
    1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 inch square cake pan and line the bottom and two sides with a strip of parchment paper (about 8 inches by 14 inches). Spray the parchment with spray oil. 
    2. In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
    3. In a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until it is creamy, add the sugar and mix on high for five minutes. 
    4. Reduce the speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time until fully incorporated. 
    5. Reduce the speed to low and add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Add 1/2 of the milk and mix. Add another 3rd of the flour and mix and the the rest of the milk, ending with the rest of the flour. Add the lime zest and lime juice and mix briefly. 
    6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
    7. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan to cool completely on the wire rack. 
    8. Frost with the cream cheese frosting. 
    For the Frosting
    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together. Beat in the lime juice. 
    2. Add the confectioner's sugar, 1/3 cup at a time, beating in each addition before adding the next. 
    3. Beat in the vanilla and salt. 
    4. If you prefer a stiffer frosting, add more confectioner's sugar. 
    5. After frosting the cake, sprinkle the frosting with the lime juice. 



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    1. This looks like the most perfect little cake!! Perfect for spring. The texture looks so light!

    2. Lots of great tips there Karen. Thanks so much. Your cake is gorgeous.

    3. Delicious! And I love the idea of using grapefruit!

    4. I agree with Rebekah, this cake is just right for spring. Love how sharp and clear your pictures are!

    5. My oldest wants a Key Lime pie for her birthday but I know it won't carry to her dorm several hours away. I think this is a good compromise, at least I hope so! Thank you perfect timing as we are going up this weekend.

    6. I absolutely love citrus. This is most definitely going on the bake this sooner than later list! Looks amazing.

    7. Oh, that frosting - yumx2. Great minds think alike this month! Your photos are terrific and I'm with you - gonna try orange or lemon next time.

    8. Yum! I think I'll have to make this tomorrow!


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